The Conet Project - Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations [ird059]
- Publication date
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Shortwave Numbers Stations are a perfect method of anonymous, one way communication. Spies located anywhere in the world can be communicated to by their masters via small, locally available, and unmodified Shortwave receivers. The encryption system used by Numbers Stations, known as a one time pad is unbreakable. Combine this with the fact that it is almost impossible to track down the message recipients once they are inserted into the enemy country, it becomes clear just how powerful the Numbers Station system is.
These stations use very rigid schedules, and transmit in many different languages, employing male and female voices repeating strings of numbers or phonetic letters day and night, all year round.
The voices are of varying pitches and intonation; there is even a German station (The Swedish Rhapsody) that transmits a female child's voice!
One might think that these espionage activities should have wound down considerably since the official end of the cold war, but nothing could be further from the truth. Numbers Stations (and by inference, spies) are as busy as ever, with many new and bizarre stations appearing since the fall of the Berlin wall.
Why is it that in over 30 years, the phenomenon of Numbers Stations has gone almost totally unreported? What are the agencies behind the Numbers Stations, and why are the eastern European stations still on the air? Why does the Czech republic operate a Numbers Station 24 hours a day? How is it that Numbers Stations are allowed to interfere with essential radio services like air traffic control and shipping without having to answer to anybody? Why does the Swedish Rhapsody Numbers Station use a small girls voice?
These are just some of the questions that remain unanswered.
Now you will be able to hear this unique and extraordinary phenomenon for yourself, as Irdial-Discs releases THE CONET PROJECT: the first comprehensive collection of Numbers Stations recordings released to the public.
This Quadruple CD is an important historical reference work for research into this hitherto unreported and unknown field of espionage. The CDs contain 150 recordings spanning the last twenty years; taken from the private archives of dedicated shortwave radio listeners from around the world.
There's more information in the included PDF booklet and via the official site for this 4xCD collection.
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|tcp d1 1 the swedish rhapsody irdial|
|tcp d1 2 counting cia irdial|
|tcp d1 3 counting control irdial|
|tcp d1 4 phonetic alphabet nato irdial|
|tcp d1 5 5 dashes irdial|
|tcp d1 6 the lincolnshire poacher mi5 irdial|
|tcp d1 7 gong station chimes irdial|
|tcp d1 8 dfd 21 irdial|
|tcp d1 9 ready ready 15728 irdial|
|tcp d1 10 bugle irdial|
|tcp d1 11 5 note version czech lady irdial|
|tcp d1 12 three note odditiy irdial|
|tcp d1 13 new star broadcasting irdial|
|tcp d1 14 counting station spanish irdial|
|tcp d1 15 english lady 00000 ending irdial|
|tcp d1 16 attencion 3 finals irdial|
|tcp d1 17 4 note rising scale irdial|
|tcp d1 18 ciocirlia irdial|
|tcp d1 19 czech lady irdial|
|tcp d1 20 2 letter ys irdial|
|tcp d1 21 2 letter el irdial|
|tcp d1 22 5 dashes irdial|
|tcp d1 23 2 letter rk irdial|
|tcp d2 1 nnn french irdial|
|tcp d2 2 strich irdial|
|tcp d2 3 dfd21 dfc37 irdial|
|tcp d2 4 drums and trumpets irdial|
|tcp d2 5 nnn english irdial|
|tcp d2 6 english lady 00000 ending irdial|
|tcp d2 7 nnn german irdial|
|tcp d2 8 the russian man d-va northern russian voice irdial|
|tcp d2 9 phonetic alphabet nato irdial|
|tcp d2 10 spanish lady irdial|
|tcp d2 11 strich english irdial|
|tcp d2 12 2 letter nu irdial|
|tcp d2 13 g3 strich irdial|
|tcp d2 14 yt irdial|
|tcp d2 15 5 dashes irdial|
|tcp d2 16 german man irdial|
|tcp d2 17 english man irdial|
|tcp d2 18 english man german and german lady irdial|
|tcp d2 19 german lady irdial|
|tcp d2 20 chinese numbers irdial|
|tcp d2 21 spanish lady complete sequence irdial|
|tcp d2 22 2 letter md irdial|
|tcp d2 23 english man irdial|
|tcp d2 24 german lady irdial|
|tcp d2 25 phonetic alphabet nato irdial|
|tcp d2 26 phonetic alphabet nato irdial|
|tcp d2 27 nancy adam susan irdial|
|tcp d2 28 counting control irdial|
|tcp d2 29 nancy adam susan male irdial|
|tcp d2 30 cherry ripe irdial|
|tcp d2 31 russian lady irdial|
|tcp d2 32 russian man irdial|
|tcp d2 33 nnn english irdial|
|tcp d2 34 frank young peter irdial|
|tcp d2 35 cherta irdial|
|tcp d2 36 russian counting man irdial|
|tcp d2 37 olx irdial|
|tcp d2 38 6 tones irdial|
|tcp d2 39 high pitch polytone irdial|
|tcp d2 40 high pitch polytone irdial|
|tcp d2 41 high pitch polytone irdial|
|tcp d2 42 high pitch polytone irdial|
|tcp d2 43 oriental language irdial|
|tcp d3 1 ready ready irdial|
|tcp d3 2 iran iraq jamming efficacy testting irdial|
|tcp d3 3 english lady irdial|
|tcp d3 4 english lady jammed irdial|
|tcp d3 5 english man version 1 irdial|
|tcp d3 6 english man version 3 irdial|
|tcp d3 7 english man irdial|
|tcp d3 8 magnetic fields irdial|
|tcp d3 9 magnetic fields different voice irdial|
|tcp d3 10 oblique irdial|
|tcp d3 11 nnn old incarnation irdial|
|tcp d3 12 5 dashes i say again irdial|
|tcp d3 13 2 letter kg irdial|
|tcp d3 14 4 figure counting 10 rough tones irdial|
|tcp d3 15 2 voices in one transmission irdial|
|tcp d3 16 tyrolean music station irdial|
|tcp d3 17 3 note interval signal irdial|
|tcp d3 18 10 rough tones irdial|
|tcp d3 19 achtung irdial|
|tcp d3 20 a irdial|
|tcp d3 22 voice rapid dots irdial|
|tcp d3 23 strich with rare message irdial|
|tcp d3 24 hier ist dfc seben und dreizig irdial|
|tcp d3 25 2 letter pn irdial|
|tcp d3 26 sample count irdial|
|tcp d3 27 2 letter vo irdial|
|tcp d3 28 2 letter hk irdial|
|tcp d3 29 2 letter dm irdial|
|tcp d3 30 8 note rising scale irdial|
|tcp d3 31 spruchnummer 1 irdial|
|tcp d3 32 spruchnummer 4 irdial|
|tcp d3 33 random pop irdial|
|tcp d3 34 nomer 101 irdial|
|tcp d3 35 okno okno onko irdial|
|tcp d3 36 nomer 198 irdial|
|tcp d3 37 723 papaqui irdial|
|tcp d3 38 298 irdial|
|tcp d3 39 815 irdial|
|tcp d3 40 167 irdial|
|tcp d3 41 moscow coup attempt irdial|
|tcp d4 1 russian man complete irdial|
|tcp d4 2 yt irdial|
|tcp d4 3 555 konec irdial|
|tcp d4 4 preska irdial|
|tcp d4 5 cherta irdial|
|tcp d4 6 count in russian irdial|
|tcp d4 7 count in russian different voice irdial|
|tcp d4 8 1-10 announcement irdial|
|tcp d4 9 1-10 announcement female irdial|
|tcp d4 10 counting in polish irdial|
|tcp d4 11 konec konec irdial|
|tcp d4 12 pozor irdial|
|tcp d4 13 russian lady test count and message irdial|
|tcp d4 14 russian man irdial|
|tcp d4 15 spanish lady 2 finals irdial|
|tcp d4 16 spanish counting irdial|
|tcp d4 17 spanish counting 4 figure groups irdial|
|tcp d4 18 spanish man irdial|
|tcp d4 19 spanish lady 00000 ending irdial|
|tcp d4 20 spanish lady 00000 ending different voice irdial|
|tcp d4 21 eastern music station irdial|
|tcp d4 22 eastern music station different voice irdial|
|tcp d4 23 unidentified chinese station irdial|
|tcp d4 24 nnn french early version irdial|
|tcp d4 25 nnn hungarian irdial|
|tcp d4 26 wiskey tango viente y uno irdial|
|tcp d4 27 the crackle irdial|
|tcp d4 28 the backwards music station irdial|
|tcp d4 29 faders irdial|
|tcp d4 30 workshop irdial|
|tcp d4 31 the pip irdial|
|tcp d4 32 the buzzer irdial|
|tcp d4 33 m1 irdial|
|tcp d4 34 m1b irdial|
|tcp d4 35 m2 irdial|
|tcp d4 36 m3 irdial|
|tcp d4 37 m3 irdial|
|tcp d4 38 m3 irdial|
|tcp d4 40 m3 irdial|
|tcp d4 41 m3 irdial|
|tcp d4 42 m3a irdial|
|tcp d4 43 m3b irdial|
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Subject: I listen to this like it's music, but not when I'm trying to sleep.
Subject: Amazing audio!
I made a video (which I'm going to upload, along with the song, to the archive soon) here:
Subject: The Conet Project - Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations [ird059]
Subject: To Mystery777
They sound weird, but they are just old style analogue meteorological balloon telemetry (Radiosonde)
Done like this:
Subject: Wonderfully Transformative
Subject: New Music Video Using irdial
This one has been up for a while but I have reposted it on my main channel. It is a remix of another guy's music; credits are at YouTube. I made the video and added the irdial tracks and some other musical elements to his originally mono track. Cool time-lapse of local clouds over our local mountain switching over to some awesome ISS public domain footage of the earth at night. Spooky result!
Subject: reply to mary524 & roblightwater
i'll use some of diz in my music r'works..
'if anyone knows of something exceptional he can gladly say it.and or send a link
Subject: The Phonetic Alphabet Nato (Recording)
Being a Computer hacker (non malicious) and all around geek I know a lot about computers, military tactics, government, technology, electronics and mathematics.
This is a message encrypted using layer 2 encryption and than converted to numbers. The message is than converted to letters using Algebraic Expansion and transmitted in the phonetic alphabet.
This is typical of NATO and other American security agency's they go over the top on security.
From decrypting it in my head I got a load of nonsense and some hex code that means nothing to me.
Again do not ask me what the message says I can not tell you.
Subject: reply to mary524
Subject: In short....
...and the thing to drive your heavy metal neighbors to drink and deafness.
Subject: Number Stations
They are still around. Evidently the Cubans are going to a so-called "Hybred" transmission. It consists of a female counting groups of numbers that indicate the six intended recipients followed by encrypted digital transmissions to one of each of the six intended recipients called out. Digital signal is most likely pdf type files that are encrypted and transferred over the radio.
The Ruskies may be transmitting to recipients in the USA's West Coast (Russian Embassy San Francisco, watching you!) via numbers transmissions in Spanish originating in Russia)
These are old recordings of historical interest.
I use cheap 15 year old $69.00 Shortwave Radio and have listened to quite a few of these.
Classic is New Star Broadcastings (V-13). Automatic pitched Mandarin sounds quite uniquely "robotic" and exotic.
Good general resource is: "HF Underground". Listings for documentation purposes are found at the "spy numbers" section...also good background information at the "wiki" section near the top of main page. It's hard to find, just click on it.
YouTube features many videos concerning these, a few are quite good.
I know I'm suppose to be creeped out by it, but I'm not, oddly enough.
So could someone do that? Someone who's better with music videos than I am, or at remixing music..?
Subject: an interesting tidbit
Subject: To Mystery777 and TheEuropeanWolf
[Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: awesome disturbation on my mind
they are really inspirational to me, it represents these lovely moments when you're dialing the radio just because!
Subject: Very interesting!!!
REQUIRED FOR OPERATION
Subject: Got one!
Subject: The Conet Project - Recordings of Shortwave Numbers Stations
I was wondering what kind of license is stated.
Am I free to use some of these sounds in a
video of sorts (non-commercial) ?
I would give credit to this website, of course. ;)
Subject: To Mystery777
I "suffer" (I don't consider myself as a victim) from OCD (I fought it with conative behaviour therapy over 1½ year) and Tourette Syndrom (Which is at its max at the moment, because I'm in my teen years. I'm 16, the 17th of June. And to finish it off I also got ADHD. Regardsless of my 3 mental disorders, I've always done great in school. But still, I don't think it can have anything to do with the electric shocks.
I've NEVER, heard anyone who've felt the same thing as I did... and you.. It happens somehow often, and it is as you say between the spine and the neck. I don't what to do with it, but atleast I wanted you to know that you're not the only one.
Subject: Brings Back Memories
Subject: Try this really strange experiment!
Subject: To mystery 777 strange symptoms
Subject: Numbers Station-themed episode on Fringe
Also, regarding use of this material, according to the Wikipedia article on The Conet Project, the group Wilco used samples on their Yankee Hotel Foxtrot album, but "Jeff Tweedy did not seek permission to use the Conet sample and Irdial sued for copyright infringement. The incident sparked debate about who exactly owns copyright concerning recordings of numbers station transmissions, but Tweedy ultimately decided to avoid taking the matter to court, agreeing to pay Irdial royalties and reimburse its legal fees."
So it seems the matter was not subjected to legal judgement, but it is clear that Irdial is pugnacious about it. FYI.
UPDATE: The Conet Project recordings are also found at soundcloud.com/the-conet-project/sets/the-conet-project.
There, is found the statement, "The set "The Conet Project" by The Conet Project is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Be aware that the related tracks might have a different license."
Whatever that means. FYI.
FURTHER UPDATE: From Irdial's own site:
"Thus you have the freedom to make a copy of a CD we've released, the freedom to download soundfiles of songs we've released from our servers on the Internet, the freedom to cover or improve upon a song we've released, as long as you do not profit from that copy or improvement." FYI
Subject: The Monolith
BTW, I just told you what it is, so you can stop burning your brain out over it!
Subject: What's the licence of this stuff?
Subject: Strange symptoms
What follows is not a joke;
I’ve only discovered the fascinating world of number stations recently. I just fell into it very deeply, and began to listen to hours of those strange recordings, including the ones from the Conet Project as well as many others of the tons of similar recordings you can find over in the internet.
Like many people, I find those recordings disturbing, but attracting at the same time (you just can’t stop!)
I’d like to point out the fact that I’ve never been recognized as suffering from a mental illness or disorder. I don’t take any legal or illegal drugs, I just drink a bit from time to time at several occasions.
It may be just a coincidence, but I very began to suffer from very strange symptoms while listening to number stations recordings for extended periods of time; dizziness, sleeping disorder (insomnia) and strange dreams/nightmares. Having nightmares does not really worry me, for the simple fact that if you find something creepy, but you just don’t stop listening or watching it, it is normal to dream about it. What does worry me is that I’ve recently begun to feel kind of very weak and shorts electric shocks through the top of my spine/neck. I don’t know what it is, and I’m not sure it is actually related to the listening of number stations recordings, but the problem appeared when I got deeply into that thing. Describing the problem as small electric shocks is the most precise way I found to describe the symptom. It never lasts more than a half second or so, but it is very unpleasant.
I’ve already searched over the internet to possibly find people manifesting the same symptoms, but didn’t find anyone yet. The only thing I found was a video called “the Wyoming Incident”, a fake video about a supposed tv hi-jack. Even if the video has been identified as being a hoax, many people also had physical problems after having watched the video repeatedly. You can go on youtube and look for it, even if it’s a hoax, it just makes the same effect as the number stations recordings; creepy but fascinating. Specialists told that the symptoms were coming from the soundtrack of the video which was using very typical frequencies which can have unpleasant effects on the brain, mostly if you listen to them with headphones….And I do listen to number stations recordings with headphones, to not distract or bore my wife with them. Maybe my problems are coming from listening to several specific frequencies, I just don’t know…
Does anyone have a clue? Does anyone out there have experienced or is experiencing the same problems?
Subject: The Conspiracy Theorists
Subject: Number stations: Static from the past
I can imagine an Arabic man in a Baghdad Cafe, privately listening to what appears to be local radio on his headphones, only to rise as if summoned by an invisible demon and open fire on a passing motorcade. This isn't a conspiracy theory, but a reality of our time, in which black and false-flag operations have become prolific and endemic. As long as intelligence agencies are able to virtually teleport kill orders and intelligence across public airspace with astonishing reliability and security, expect more of the same for centuries to come.
Subject: Mysterious transmissions
Subject: News - Messages on mobiles
Since a couple of months ago, I listening in my mobile ( pad-bloqued, without touching it, sometimes is on my pocket, sometimes on a table) messages trough the speaker. Is like " This is a message for *******. 1630****Many Initials that I can´t get. Repeating sequence. ( 3 times). Mission complete."
Don´t know what is happening.
Subject: Number Station Enigma
Subject: Poacher seized operations...
seized operations in July 2008.
Subject: Morse Code Numbers Station Ogden, Utah?
Someone is sending Morse Code messages (varied...not in a static loop) and I am hearing the transmissions via the first channel on the NOAA weather band on my Sony Walkman!
It is my understanding that this is illegal and could be related to something just not so good.
Please send me feedback!
Here Central Coast California, Listen to Korean
Number Station transmiting to Japan most mornings.
Transmisions are in voice and morse code.
Listen to Cuban V2 Number Station Friday evenings,
just below 40m Amateur Band. Will also observe
digital burst type transmisions.
Evidently, the Navy used these techniques- Ship to
Ship back in the day.
Interested in Radio and especialy HF Propagation
this will be a treat for you.
As we move higher into the new Solar Cycle, this will get real interesting. TNX
Subject: Ongoing Project
And yes, it's even spookier to hear the transmissions live, alone in my office, at 2:00 am. And that's half the fun!
Subject: By gone of the Cold War
Subject: This is awesome
Subject: I Just Love This Kind Of Thing
Subject: Why Would Espionage Wind Down?
Subject: tcp d3 8 magnetic fields irdial
I keep coming back to this because it's bursing with interestingness.
Subject: A story worth hearing
Y'all are asking the same question about copyright. LISTEN TO THE NPR STORY.
In general - you cannot make money off of another person's licensed work. That's when you tread in dangerous territory.
Subject: This is great
Subject: Nice stuff
Subject: Awesome resource
Subject: Listened to it once
Looks like the very strange activiy for me, as these station can easily be located.
Subject: oriental language
Subject: More Numbers Stations on the Internet Archive! (Revised from May 9, 2006)
There are more recordings of numbers station here on the Internet Archive. Just enter "number stations" at the search (make sure the word "number" is singluar) and you'll find about 80 of them on the Seism netlable. Also try entering just the word "conet" and you might find more related stuff.
Subject: Cool and disturbing
Subject: gulag picture radio
Sorry if I'm looking in the wrong place, but I can't seem to find what the "legalese" is on this collection. I'd like to do a spoken word piece at an upcoming art performance on number stations using some of these recordings, but I recall a band pinching these recordings and making the Irdial people unhappy.
Does anyone know where things stand now that these are on Archive.org? I wouldn't want to do anything to infringe on the awesome work done to make this collection possible. Thanks for any help!
Subject: What the Bleeps do we know?
Subject: Gute Zusammenstellung.
Subject: The definition of awesome.
Subject: Hypnotic and haunting...
Thank you to those who put this together!
Subject: Eerie Sounds on Shortwave Bands.
As a Cold War researcher and radio-geek, this stuff just HAS to be in my collection. I remember that when i was a kid, i sometimes heared these strange words inbetween the dit-daa of the CW 'chatters'. Later i found out that it was what we then called 'the enemy'. That made it even more scary to listen to. When in the army, i heared about a batallion, dedicated to interception of those broadcasts. Back then, that was still hush-hush, but now they even have their own website : http://www.898vbdbat.nl/historie.htm
The number stations are still active, but are not so easily found nowadays. Wonder if there'll ever be a second 'Conet Project'. If so, i'll be the first to buy the original, that's for sure !
Subject: Conet Project
Subject: fascinating stuff
It's interesting to see that the mystery lingers and that some people share my fascination 35 years later.
Subject: spooky indeed!
The history behind this seems to be quite strange and intresting too.
Might also be intresting as basic material to create something new out of it I guess...
Very cool project guys!
Subject: Spooky Frequencies